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Fast Trains Around the Globe

A growing number of countries – 16 now, with more on the way – rely on high-speed rail service. Around the world, there are now 41,222 km (25,614 mi) on which trains run at speeds of at least about 250 km (155 mi) per hour. We wonder: Which nation has the largest high-speed rail network?

A. France
B. Japan
C. Spain
D. China
E. United States
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Exporting As China Does

Ever since 2009, China has been the world’s largest exporter. Its total exports are equal to just under 20% of its economy. We wonder: Which of the following major economies is closest to China’s level on a percentage basis?

A. Japan
B. United States
C. India
D. World economy
E. Germany
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Union Power?

Since they first emerged in the 1830s, labor unions have played a key role in the Western world in securing better labor conditions, wages and benefits for their members. However, in recent decades, the power of unions has been in decline. We wonder: Which of the following countries has the lowest degree of unionization in its workforce?

A. United Kingdom
B. Japan
C. France
D. United States
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Fiber-Optics: Spreading at Less Than Light-Speed

Fiber-optic high-speed internet transmits information as light pulses. It is a key tool for 21st century internet commerce and innovations like self-driving cars. We wonder: Which country is about to have the highest percentage of fiber-optic coverage among its broadband customers?

A. United States
B. Japan
C. Germany
D. South Africa
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Where the United States Exports

Donald Trump is adamantly pursuing a strategy focused on economic nationalism. He proclaims that foreign countries “continue putting up barriers in front of our exports” and that it is “very hard to export to their countries.” We wonder: Among the four major countries below, can you name the one country that does not rank as one of top three export markets for U.S. goods?

A. China
B. Mexico
C. Canada
D. Germany

A. China is … not correct.
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Women Ministers in Government

Women make up 49.55% of the world’s population. But when it comes to their representation in government, the percentages are often significantly much lower. We wonder: Which of the following major countries or regions has the lowest percentage of women in its cabinet?

A. France
B. European Union
C. India
D. United States
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The Recycling King

Recycling was initially popularized during World War II’s resource shortages. It then returned on the global agenda in the 1960s and 1970s as part of the emerging environmental movement and to deal with the energy crisis. We wonder: Which of the following countries recycles the greatest share of its waste?

A. United States
B. Italy
C. Germany
D. Japan
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Subsidizing the Energy of the Future

On a global basis, fossil fuels still receive more than twice as many subsidy dollars as flow to renewable energy. One sign of progress is that global renewable subsidies are growing, while fossil fuel subsidies are in decline. As recently as 2008, the ratio was 10 to one. We wonder: Which country or region is subsidizing renewables with the most money annually?

A. China
B. United States
C. European Union
D. Japan
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Women’s Time in Retirement

Around the world, women have become more prevalent in the workforce. They also live longer than men. We wonder: In which developed country do female workers have the longest period of retirement?

A. France
B. Germany
C. United States
D. Japan
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